Doctors shut down Fox News host when she suggests vaccines are a matter of ‘personal liberty’

Appearing on the Fox News show Happening Now, a panel of doctors weren’t having it when host Jenna Lee suggested that vaccinating children could be a question of “personal liberty.”

Appearing on the Fox News show Happening Now, a panel of doctors weren’t having it when host Jenna Lee suggested that vaccinating children could be a question of “personal liberty.”

“There is a question about personal liberty and having the choice to make the choices for your children, and also what’s good for the community,” Lee said.

She then asked if the doctors thought there should be a “federal regulation” forcing children to be vaccinated.

Unanimously, the doctors outright rejected the “personal liberty” idea.

“Look, I think that vaccines have prevented millions of children around the planet from dying,” Dr. Manny Alvarez first replied. “If we get into a philosophical argument about whether vaccines are safe or not — they’re safe.”

“This goes from being a personal decision to a public hazard if you’re not vaccinating your child,” Dr. Darria Long Gillespie added.

“We will need something from the top down to make sure that everyone stays vaccinated,” said Dr. Frank Esper.

Watch the segment below, courtesy of Fox News:

h/t Talking Points Memo



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    January 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Shut down? She was just asking questions. In fact, she did a good job of directing the dialogue so the doctors could convey information. I’m impressed she didn’t include an anti-vax wingnut to create false balance. Fox News earns it’s share of criticism, but not this time.

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    January 23, 2015 at 3:36 am

    You’re headline was sensationalistic and misleading. Shame on you for misrepresenting the content of the video simply to get page hits. This is journalism on the same level as the weekly world news or any other tabloid rag.

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    January 23, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Guys, you are better than this. Take this down, or compliment Fox news for actually doing proper reporting something for a change.

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    e c barragán

    January 23, 2015 at 6:08 am

    This article is a sham. I am NO fan of Fox News but your headline is implies a very different interview than the one I just saw. You can’t take the high road journalistically when you pull a play right out of Fox’s playbook. Crap like this loses you readers and more importantly, credibility.

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    January 23, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    The Fox host did a good job leading the discussion and letting the doctors make good points. She was completely neutral in this discussion.

    Please point me to the time mark on this video were you believe she was “shut down”.

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    January 24, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Wow what a misleading article. I usually expect better. What a damn shame. Almost as bad as that click bait crap on facebook

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    January 25, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I agree with everyone else here, Fox actually did their job. Your headline is sinking to their level.

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    January 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    This was propably the most honest dialogue faux news has ever done. Like the above poster im shocked there wasnt a homeschooler conspiracy nut on the panel for “balance”. For once fox actually respected science.

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    Brian K.

    January 26, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    First of all she didn’t say that she personally thinks that parents should have a choice in the matter she even said she was going to ask a “philosophical question,” second, Fox’s own doctor, Dr. Manny Alvarez on the bottom right hand side was the first doctor to answer in the very beginning of this segment that not vaccinating your child is dangerous, So this is just more anti Fox News Channel rhetoric with no basis in reality.

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    January 26, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Could you possibly use a more misleading click-bait headline? Then again though, I would expect this garbage from Dead State.

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    Al McKegg

    January 27, 2015 at 12:40 am

    Agree with the above. Deadstate has descended to the news basement area adjacent to much of the Fox News staff. Rotten journalism.

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    January 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I agree. This wasn’t an anti-vaccination interview, it was about getting information from doctors as to why you should vaccinate your kids. She asked all the right questions. Not everyone on Fox News is an idiot.

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    January 28, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    As someone who is absolutely not a fan of Fox News, I have to agree with the rest of those commenting in that the author of this article is in the wrong here, NOT Fox News. The host did an excellent job of asking questions that fairly allowed the doctors to provide accurate information, and not trying to twist their words. Big ups to Fox for now allowing an anti-vaxxer in that segment, too.

    I’m typically the one laughing at Fox, but they did it right here. The headline of this article should convey that parents need to vaccinate their children, not imply that a Fox News host has absurd beliefs.

    Absolute clickbait. I have never read an article on deadstate before and I won’t be reading one again. The only way I can see someone interpreting that interview in the context of the article headline is if they themselves were an anti-vaxxer.

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    Ed Ross

    January 29, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I agree with the overall sentiment here. Fox News sucks but in this particular instance nothing is amiss, and you’re making yourself look dumb with this article.

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    February 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I agree completely. I’m surprised it was on Fox News, but she did a great job.

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